Tuesday, March 9th, 2021

Shopper Client Stories


The ideal venue for meetings and conferences

by Rob Lauer

Look out that window and tell me how often you come across a view like that," says James Gelfand, Vice President of Sales and Revenue for Kingsmill Resort.

Seated by a window in Elements 1010, one of Kingsmill's premier dining venues, the view is indeed spectacular. Acres of beautifully landscaped lawns extend down to the James River, which sparkles in the morning sun. Beyond the James, the wooded Virginia countryside extends as far as the eye can see.

Elizabeth Grimes, Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations for Kingsmill Resort, nods as she takes in the scene. "It is a stunning view," she agrees. "There aren't too many places that offer a view of the James River like this."

Though James and Elizabeth have offices at Kingsmill, one gets the impression that they never tire of the natural beauty surrounding this world-class resort. "Kingsmill isn't just another resort," Elizabeth says. "We're like another world nestled in the heart of Williamsburg."

With an unparalleled range of accommodations including one-to-three bedroom condos, cottages right on the river and the luxury private Estate, along with, two championship golf courses, and a boundless range of recreational activities and leisure pursuits, Kingsmill is a fun and memorable luxury waterfront escape.

Walk into Kingsmill's beautiful Resort Center, and one is greeted by a smiling staff dedicated to treating every guest like royalty. One could say that the staff stands ready to serve- except that in their eagerness to meet the needs of their guests, they seldom stand still.  This ideal blending of facilities and personal service has made the resort one of the East Coast's most popular venues for weddings and special events, as well as meetings and conferences of all sorts.

The Resort Center itself is magnificently functional, with 16 meeting rooms, a dedicated Conference Concierge, continuous break service, ergonomic seating, soundproofing, and leading-edge AV equipment. Those attending events at the center enjoy the benefits of soundproof meeting rooms with individual climate and lighting controls and eight-hour, ergonomically correct chairs. State-of-the-art equipment and a full-time support staff are available at a moment's notice, and all of the rooms on the conference level have access to the terrace for breaks or breakout meetings. In short, as a venue for business meetings and conferences, the center's environment inspires productivity.

The importance of a quality meal during a meeting can't be overstated. The Kingsmill's catering staff prides itself on serving meals that leave their guests with satisfied smiles and even more satisfied appetites.

Kingsmill has been meeting IACC quality standards for 30 years, earning a 98.9 percent satisfaction rate. Whether serving a small group, large convention, or dynamic corporate retreat, Kingsmill's highly-skilled staff cross every t and dot every i, ensuring that both planners and attendees leave the resort with a genuine sense of accomplishment.

"We held out annual couples retreat at Kingsmill," says Kevin D. "The staff were polite, professional, and helpful. Our people absolutely loved the location, the facilities, and the many amenities. It was close enough to all of the action but secluded enough to feel away from the hustle. Great location, even better staff! Love it!" 

Burwell’s Ballroom with James River views is one of Kingsmill’s 16 meeting spaces. All rooms are soundproofed with individual climate and lighting controls, state-of-the-art equipment and ergonomic chairs.

Burwell’s Ballroom with James River views is one of Kingsmill’s 16 meeting spaces. All rooms are soundproofed with individual climate and lighting controls, state-of-the-art equipment and ergonomic chairs.

Rose Gilliam of Novozymes North America Inc. notes that after holding a company meeting at Kingsmill, attendees from around the world had nothing but praise for the resort. "One of our colleagues from Denmark said this was the most beautiful location he had been to for a meeting," she recalls. "With the James River, the gorgeous landscaping, wildlife everywhere, The James Landing Grille, The Estate at Kingsmill, professional staff, great meeting room, and to-die-for food- Kingsmill was the perfect location for us."

Mark Ashworth of GE Healthcare agrees."If it were up to me, Kingsmill would host every event for us going forward," he says.

Kingsmill's location in the heart of Virginia's Historic Colonial Triangle also makes it an ideal venue for conferences and meetings. "Kingsmill is a perfect home base for all that the Williamsburg area has to offer," Elizabeth notes. "There is so much to do and experience in this area. Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens are just moments away."

"There are lots of other fun things to do locally- like zip lines and escape rooms," James adds. "Most businesses and organizations holding meetings or conferences here schedule a time for attendees to take in some of the local attractions that make Williamsburg such a unique vacation destination."

"Speaking of vacations, when people come here
for a business meeting or conference,
they often bring their families with them.
While one family member attends meetings,
the rest of the family enjoys all that the resort
and the Williamsburg area have to offer.
What started out as a business trip
becomes a family vacation."

- Elizabeth Grimes

"In addition to being a popular vacation destination, we're focusing on the drive market," James notes. "Kingsmill Resort is renowned for its 18-hole championship River and Plantation Courses. Now we're offering new membership packages so that people throughout the region can take advantage of all we have to offer. A new National Golf Membership is available for those outside a 45-mile radius of the resort. This membership gives them full access to these courses, plus the private Woods Course- ranked as one of Virginia's Top Ten Golf Courses by Golf Week Magazine."

A new Health and Racquet Membership offers unlimited access to all the sports and fitness facilities at Kingsmill, including the Tennis Center, the Kingsmill Spa with all the sports and social events happening throughout the year. A new Lifestyle Membership package grants access to all of the resort's dining venues, the Kingsmill Spa, and social events year-round.

"Kingsmill has been delivering wonderfully unique experiences to our members and guests for 30 years," James concludes. "With these new memberships, we hope that more people will come and be a part of the experience. We're affordable, flexible, and eager for new relationships!"

The Estate at Kingsmill

1010 Kingsmill Road
Williamsburg, VA 23185